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Where to stay in Istanbul

If you're a first time visitor to Istanbul, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in Istanbul.

What's the best area of Istanbul to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around Istanbul are: Sultanahmet, Taksim, Taksim Square, Cihangir, Bebek, and Balat.

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"Taksim is the most modern part and has a lot to offer."  See More

"Taksim Square is a main hub for transportation and therefore popular with hotels - although due to political unrest it is often the scene for protests."  See More

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Sultanahmet
  2. Taksim
  3. Taksim Square
  4. Cihangir
  5. Bebek
  6. Balat
What are some good hotels in Istanbul?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in Istanbul, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"I think my favorites are the Pantheon in Rome, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Teatro Colón, Robie House."  See More

"You can travel Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City Blue MosqueIstanbul Archaeology Museums Chora Church Rumelihisarı Yıldız Palace and other Istanbul museums by buying a istanbul museum card, which is 85 TL or 26 Euros."  See More

"For that, I’d go with the Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet."  See More

"Day 1 - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern,Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Hotel, Grand Bazaar"  See More

"There are plenty of options and Blue Mosque Apart, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, and Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City are all very close to the hotel we stated in, which was the Yasmak Sultan Hotel."  See More

Want to research more popular hotels in Istanbul? Click the blue button below.

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City
  2. Chora Church
  3. Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet
  4. Hippodrome Hotel
  5. Yasmak Sultan Hotel
Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here are some of the questions that we used to find this information.

profile  buard isa from Nantes asked:
Best place to stay closed to touristy places and the "real" city?  (5 answers)

profile  Abigail Manoogian from Hong Kong asked:
What are the most popular neighborhoods in Istanbul?  (2 answers)

profile  Bertha Sencherey from New York State asked:
Layover in Turkey - is it safe to leave the airport?  (11 answers)

profile  Camille Fanta from asked:
Where to stay for a romantic trip in Istanbul?  (4 answers)

profile  Daphne Lapourre from Paris asked:
itinerary 5 days in November in Istanbul? where to stay (max50€/night)?  (4 answers)

profile  Jennifer Lange from Minneapolis asked:
Coed Turkish bath in Istanbul?  (2 answers)

profile  Abhi Richerds from asked:
Where to stay in Istanbul on a budget  (2 answers)

What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in Istanbul.

Want to research more popular restaurants in Istanbul? Click the blue button below.

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Çiya Sofrası
  2. Ulus 29
  3. Asitane
  4. Sunset Grill & Bar
  5. Mangerie
What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

Want to research more popular attractions in Istanbul? Click the blue button below.

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Hagia Sophia
  2. Blue Mosque
  3. Grand Bazaar
  4. Topkapi Palace
  5. Galata Tower
Where can I find out more about Istanbul?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Istanbul locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Istanbul.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

Flying into Istanbul? There are 2 alternative airports, so make sure you compare all your flight options. Find international, domestic, and local airports in Istanbul.

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